To mark 15 years of designing and producing timeless ready to wear clothing and paving the way for the growing Nigerian fashion industry, the Tiffany Amber brand has teamed up with Diamond Bank to present 15 women who have made an impact in their careers and become a source of inspiration to other women.
The 15th anniversary celebrations kicked off with the unveiling of the Tiffany Amber Meet Nigeria’s Women of Vision campaign in partnership with Diamond Woman, an initiative by Diamond Bank designed for women, by women, to provide women with support to help them achieve their aspirations.
Meet the Women of Vision beautifully clad in Tiffany Amber and read their thoughts on the initiative.
Founder and artistic director of Style House Files and Lagos Fashion and Design Week, Akerele trained as a lawyer at the University of Lagos and has also completed a Masters in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick.
“It is an amazing initiative. It gives women an opportunity to tell their stories. There are so many people doing extraordinary things in different spheres. It is exciting to be art of a project that is encouraging women to talk about what they do as part of a process in celebrating women.”
Omotola Jolade Ekeinde
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is a multiple award winning actress, director, singer, UNWFP ambassador and Amnesty International activist. A Screen Nation Best Actress and Beffta Film Icon, Omotola has starred in nearly 300 movies and at 18 was the youngest actress to have won the Best Actress in an English speaking role and Best Actress Overall at the prestigious THEMA Awards 1996/97.
In February 2013, she was honoured by TIME Magazine as one of 100 most influential people in the world alongside Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton, Jay Z and Beyoncé.
With 25 years of practicing broadcast journalism under her belt, fifteen of those as a social services reporter with the National Television Network, Adesuwa produced a half hour show called Today’s Woman with Adesuwa and finally ventured into publishing in 2007 with a lifestyle magazine TW which has grown globally since. She is a motivational speaker with a passion for women, youth and development issues and a winner of several professional awards.
Ogbuefi Wereuche Okaru Majekodunmi is the Executive Director of leading event and set design company Newton & David. She founded the company in the year 1991, turning her passion for improving and beautifying the environment, be it at work, home or for a very special occasion, into a successful and thriving business.
“I think it will inspire the large female population; it is a wonderful and original initiative.”
An indisputable African Fashion Icon, Oluchi Orlandi has over a decade of experience in the fashion industry with a career which includes winning Mnet’s Face of Africa in 1998 at the age of 17, gracing the covers of top fashion magazine’s such as Italian Vogue; serving as the face of campaigns like Victoria’s Secret, and being shot by renowned photographers including Steven Meisel and now host of Africa’s Next Top Model.
Actress, television personality and host of the award-winning entertainment show, 53 Extra, Eku Edewor is a familiar face on our screens and on magazine covers. A graduate of English and Theatre from the University of Warwick and trained as an actress at the New York Film Academy Eku is firmly established in the African entertainment industry as a forceful talent.
An actress, an architect and published author, the multi-talented Peju Alatise has practiced as a studio artist for 16 years and her work is widely exhibited at home and abroad and she has received several awards for both her art and writing.
“Nigeria is a third world country, where being a woman is the most difficult thing you can be. Existing as female is difficult. To find an initiative that actually encourages a woman as a forbearer of something productive is actually commendable.”
Ifeyinwa Ighodalo is a founding member and is currently on the Board of Trustees of Women in Management, Business & Public Service (WIMBIZ) and owner of DO.II which offers a wide range of state-of-the-art design choices and furniture, high-end finishes. An award-winning entrepreneur with extensive experience in the furniture and interior design industries, she stands for top of the line organization, customer service and quality.
Dr. Ola Orekunrin is a medical doctor, a trainee helicopter pilot and an entrepreneur who founded West Africa’s first indigenous air ambulance service, the Flying Doctors Nigeria. Rendering medical evacuation services, remote site clinic management, First Aid Training and other medical solutions, it which saves hundreds of lives across the region every year especially in the oil and gas industry. An international speaker who has received multiple awards and nominations she is also a TED fellow and has been honoured by the world economic forum as a Young Global Leader.
Maryam Augie is the Executive Director of Ayahay Foundation and works tirelessly in the areas of education and girl child empowerment in Nigeria and has subsequently received critical acclaim for her works in female empowerment.
“I think it is a brilliant initiative and it is very inspirational. All women chosen come from different backgrounds and through this process we have been able to learn something from one another, which makes it very inspiring. I am very inspired by all the women of vision; there is a lot to learn from them as businesswomen, as mothers, as entrepreneurs and as Nigerian women most especially.”
Prof. Jumoke Oduwole is a lecturer at the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, Faculty of Law at her alma mater, University of Lagos and is an elected member of the University’s Senate.
She is a holder of the Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity 2013-2015 at Institute of Social Studies, the Hague part of Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands and is the fourth African and second youngest academic to hold the appointment reserved for leading scholars in the field.
Ms. Funke Opeke, is founder and CEO of Main One, the telecommunications solutions provider that built West Africa’s first privately owned, submarine cable system interconnecting Lagos, Nigeria, Accra, Ghana and Seixal, Portugal. Under her leadership, it has been a catalyst for change in West Africa’s telecommunications landscape, improving internet access across the region.
“It is wonderful to have an initiative that promotes women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship which is very welcome in our society, which is particularly challenged with unemployment, showing women coming along that they can also make it happen.”
Uche Pedro is the Managing Director of BellaNaija and Creative Director of award-winning entertainment and lifestyle site BellaNaija.com and was recently named one of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa in 2014 by Forbes.
Uche holds a Bachelor’s degree, Honours Business Administration (HBA), from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario in Canada.
Better known as DJ Cuppy, her musical career began with playing the piano, after which she ventured into beat making and thereafter Disc Jockeying. At 17, she was playing at some of London’s top nightclubs and events including various Fashion Week fixtures. She has also played at high profile events in Paris, New York and Dubai and was appointed resident DJ at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2014, which was held in Durban, South Africa. Earlier this year she was appointed a Tourism Ambassador for Nigeria by the Federal Ministry for Culture and Tourism.
Adenike Ogunlesi is the founder of Ruff ‘n’ Tumble, board member of the Pan African University’s Lagos Business School a founding member and the first president of the Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NNEW) at the Nigeria Employer’s Consultative Association (NECA). She is a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs at FATE Foundation an avid motivational speaker talking to women’s groups and young people.